Cristiano Ronaldo's family thank Liverpool fans for show of support after they sang 'You'll Never Walk Alone' at Anfield in tribute to Man Utd star's tragic baby death

Cristiano Ronaldo's family thanked Liverpool fans after their extraordinary support for the Man United striker and his partner following the tragic death of their baby son.

The Anfield supporters sang 'You'll Never Walk Alone' in the seventh minute of last night's league clash between the two teams and joined fans of their fierce rivals in an impeccably-respected minute's applause.

Cristiano's Madeira-based sister Elma showed her emotion overnight by publishing footage of the gesture on her social media and writing: 'Thank you for this Liverpool. We will never forget what you did today.'

She finished her message with a heart emoticon.

Sibling Katia, posting from her home in Brazil, wrote: 'Way beyond football' against her own video set against the chorus of 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

The sisters and their mum Dolores Aveiro also demonstrated they are placing their faith in God to help them overcome the tragic loss that has afflicted the family. 

Dolores, quoting a well-known verse from the Bible which has helped many people through difficult times, wrote on her Instagram in Portuguese: 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

'In all your way acknowledge Him And he shall direct your Paths.'